Carbon Trust side-steps freedom of information

Government-established private companies aimed at achieving environmental policy objectives, such as the Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, claim not to be subject to freedom of information requirements.

The Carbon Trust has said it is not subject to freedom of information legislation on environmental issues, despite having a key role in delivering government policy on climate change and being almost entirely funded by public money.

Late last year, ENDS asked the Carbon Trust for a copy of its correspondence with telecommunications company BT about the government’s controversial change in guidance to organisations on reporting emissions from electricity bought through green tariffs. The Carbon Trust supported the change, but BT was vehemently opposed (ENDS Report 402, p 4).

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